What Sex Can Be: Self-Alienation, Illusion or One-Flesh Union<sup>1</sup>


in In Defense of Natural Law

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780198267713
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683343 | DOI:
What Sex Can Be: Self-Alienation, Illusion or One-Flesh Union1

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The preceding chapter and this chapter defend the view that marital sex truly unites persons in a way that is uniquely and profoundly good; non-marital sex, by contrast, alienates persons from themselves and others and is for that reason morally bad. This chapter focuses on the practical dualism implicit in the ideologies that license the pursuit of sexual satisfaction outside the one-flesh communion of marriage or by way of sodomitical or other intrinsically non-marital sex acts. The chapter argues that any such dualism is philosophically indefensible and morally degrading.

Keywords: marital sex; sodomitical acts; dualism; sexual satisfaction; marriage

Chapter.  11455 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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